Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via technology -- and invents ways to keep itself alive Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, culture, design, evolution, meme, technology, TED2008, 2008
After mapping humans' intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to viruses (like H1N1). Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, humanity, medicine, meme, science, society, TED@Cannes, 2010
The founder of 4chan, a controversial, uncensored online imageboard, describes its subculture, some of the Internet "memes" it has launched, and the incident in which its users managed a very public, precision hack of a mainstream media website. The talk raises questions about the power -- and price -- of anonymity. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, activism, collaboration, computers, culture, government, law, meme,...
Starting with the simple tale of an ant, philosopher Dan Dennett unleashes a devastating salvo of ideas, making a powerful case for the existence of memes -- concepts that are literally alive. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, consumerism, culture, faith, meme, philosophy, religion, 2002
Diane Benscoter spent five years as a "Moonie." She shares an insider's perspective on the mind of a cult member, and proposes a new way to think about today's most troubling conflicts and extremist movements. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, God, activism, faith, meme, religion, 2009